Turbulence by John J. Nance

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The passengers of Meridian Flight 6-delayed for hours and mistreated by rude and inept airline personnel-have been pushed to the edge. When Captain Phil Knight makes a forced emergency landing in war-torn Nigeria, abandoning his copilot to certain death, violence erupts inside the airplane as the enraged passengers attempt the first-ever commercial airline mutiny.

But what they don't know could kill them: The unscheduled loss of radio contact has led NATO and the CIA to believe they have been hijacked by terrorists and must be carrying a deadly chemical weapon into the heart of Western Europe. In the pressurized last moments as Flight 6 approaches, NATO scrambles to uncover the truth of the plane's cargo, while Navy pilots bring the 747 into their gun sights and the lives of innocent passengers hang in the balance.

Expert in-flight details, a compelling cast of characters, and spine-tingling action prove Nance once again to be "the king of the modern-day aviation thriller" (Publishers Weekly).

About John J. Nance

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John J. Nance John J. Nance was born in Texas and grew up in Dallas. He earned a Bachelor's Degree from SMU and a Juris Doctor from SMU School of Law, and is a licensed aerospace attorney. Nance is a decorated Air Force pilot veteran of Vietnam and Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield, and he is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF Reserve. Nance has piloted various jet aircraft, including Boeing 727's, 737's, 747's, and Air Force C-141's and has logged over 13,000 hours of flight time in his commercial airline and Air Force careers. Nance is also an internationally recognized air safety analyst and advocate, and is the Aviation Analyst for ABC televison and the Aviation Editor for Good Morning America. Nance has also appearanced on Larry King Live, the PBS Hour with Jim Lehrer, Oprah, NPR, Nova, The Today Show, and many others. His editorials have been published in newspapers nationwide, including the L. A. Times and USA Today. Nance has written thirteen major books; four non-fiction, including Splash of Colors, Blind Trust, On Shaky Ground, and What Goes Up, and eight fiction bestsellers; Final Approach, Scorpion Strike, Phoenix Rising, Pandora's Clock, Medusa's Child, The Last Hosatage, Blackout, Headwind and Turbulence. Pandora's Clock and Medusa's Child both aired as major, successful two-part mini-series on television. Nance is a well-known international advocate of crew resource management and expanded human performance training and is a professional speaker/consultant, presenting programs on Teamwork, Risk Management, Motivation, Coping with Competition, and other topics. He speaks to a wide variety of audiences, including medical and pharmaceutical professionals, CEO's of major business-oriented corporations, and environmental, aviation, engineering, and travel-oriented groups. Nance is a founding board member and is on the executive committee of the National Patient Safety Foundation.
Published April 29, 2002 by Putnam Adult. 400 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, War, Business & Economics. Fiction

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It's unclear why anyone who's read a Nance novel is willing to board an airplane: Nance (Headwind, etc.), a veteran pilot, specializes in the scary side of flying, and his latest thriller delivers the suspense his fans want, even as its overcomplicated plot keeps it from reaching full altitude.

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